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Anchor Point

Posted: January 1, 2012 - 1:00am  |  Updated: March 7, 2012 - 2:13pm
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When you visit Anchor Point, Alaska, you will be at the western-most point of the highway system in North America. The area is a prime sportfishing location during the summer months and a quiet rural community during the winter months.

The town received its name after Captain James Cook and the crews of the Resolution and the Discovery lost a kedge anchor to the tremendous currents of the area back in 1787.

The views of snowcapped Mounts Iliamna, Redoubt and Augustine easily can be seen from this area, which lies along the Anchor River.

The town hosts an Independence Day celebration and a mid-winter Snow Rondi event, as well as various bazaars, fishing derbies and festivals throughout the year.

The Russian village of Old Believers, Nikolaevsk is near Anchor Point, off the scenic North Fork Loop Road. The settlement of more than 300 residents is made up of descendents of the Old Believers who emigrated from Russia after the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917.

Must-see in Anchor Point

If you're in Anchor Point, be sure to stop at the homestead and gallery of renowned Alaska artist Norman Lowell. The gallery, open from May 1 through Sept. 15, is located on Norman Lowell Road at Mile 160.9 of the Sterling Highway.

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